Copyright issues aside, the official RN website is long overdue a forum for potential recruits - Fed-up suggesting it! It's clearly not appreciated that this medium is how young people communicate (not to mention the more savvy, not so young individuals.) Currently most come on here, ask the question & get slated for doing so. When all's said & done it's fully appreciated RumRation isn't a recruiting site, but it's the biggest & best so it's always going to be a compromise.
Having helped establish a forum for potential RM candidates it takes time to climb up the Google ratings. "Ours" seems to have worked fairly well to the extent (membership is over 1,000 with over 600 active members) that the Royal Marines are looking to link it into the official site. Whether that happens remains to be seen but the Royals tend to be pretty swift on the uptake for marketing and recruiting ideas and often leave the mob behind. The official RM website has more hits than the RN website at the moment, so we're told.
Just noticed the post about making donations to the site and have to say the jury is out on this one for me.
Some forums, such as this generate income from advertising & donations, but the actual day to day running costs of a forum are negligible as most people help moderate & administrate for free, so it would be rather annoying if people profitted from other people's efforts. The only costs are for the server hardware to run the site & the site registration fees. Most people have free space on their business servers to run a forum for little or no cost.
Certainly the prmc site has avoided any advertising or any donations to keep it running, so for a site in it's infancy to be suggesting donations maybe a little premature unless it was established as a revenue generator from those least able to afford it. That's why I'm not a great fan of the "How2Be" people who generate income from those seeking employment, by replicating the content from freely available publications & charging for it. Anyway, doubtless others would disagree...
In no way do i want the RNF to run in competition with RumratioN, the RNF is aimed towards careers in the the Royal Navy. And it would be excellent if anyone with experience in any of the armed forces would sign up and give us a hand with people interested in the navy.
Also, thanks for the idea for the 'Stories Of Experience' forum. Hopefully we shall get some nice stories in there over time.
FAO RumratioN Admin: Could we swap some advertising, to display on each of the sites.